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Quote of The Day

I was looking through some quotes that my eldest son had given me as a present a few years ago and I came across a couple that I would like to share with you all.

The first is from a writer that my eldest son likes a lot.  And who has written a number of books and was a well known speaker on BBC radio during the 2nd World War. Better known as C.S. Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis a former atheist wrote many books, among the better known ones are the Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe etc).

However among the quotes that my son sent me this one stood out to me, this one deals with testing belief.  This quote comes from his book – ‘A Grief Observed’, printed in 1961.

 

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.  It is easy for you to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box.  But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice.  Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? . . . Only a real risk test the reality of a belief.

Clive Staples Lewis

Next is a quote dealing with Crisis.  This come from a book called ‘The Different Drum’, by Morgan Scott Peck (1936 – 2005), who was an American psychiatrist and best selling author , who’s first book, ‘The Road Less Traveled’, sold over ten million books.

“It may seem strange that we should want to look at our lives as an everyday crisis.  But I am reminded of the Chinese word for crisis, which consists of two characters: one represents “danger” and the other “hidden opportunity.”  Certainly we should like our lives to be one of daily opportunity . . . Contrary to what many might believe, the healthy life is hardly one marked by an absence of crisis.  In fact an individual’s psychological health is distinguished by how early he or she can meet crisis.”

M Scott Peck

It might be just me, but I think that these two quotes go together and they look at the same thing in different ways.  Testing our beliefs can bring us to a crisis and help us to understand who we are and our place in life & society and can help us to work out where we want to go with our lives.

Anyway that’s all from me today, have fun and take care.  Until next time.

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Atheism

A few weeks ago my wife and I travelled interstate to attend a family function and catch up with family and friends. While there my wife had an interesting discussion with her sister on the existence of God. At the time the discussion my wife had with her sister upset her, because she didn’t know that her sister considered herself an atheist.  But it got me looking into my quote collection for references on atheism.  And I found a few that I would like to share with you.

The first one is from well-known writer C S Lewis from his book “The Case for Christianity’, (page 32).  In talking about Atheism he states:-

Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a byproduct, the sensation I call thought.  But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true?  It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London.  But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”

C S Lewis

   An interesting argument isn’t it! My next quote come from the french writer/ historian etc, Voltaire.

“If a clock proves the existance of a clockmaker, and the world does not prove the existance of a supreme architect, then I consent to be called a fool.”

Voltaire

  Next is a quote from the scottish poet, William Knox:-

“The fool have said: There is no God!

No God! Who lights the morning sun,

And sends him on his Heavenly road, a far and brillant

course to run?”

William Knox

  And finally to end on a lighter note, a quote from Bishop Fulton J Sheen:-

” An atheist is a man who has no visible means of support.”

Bishop Fulton J Sheen

  So i hope this give you a bit of food for thought, and also some enjoyment. So until next time, (hopefully not so long) Adieu!

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